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This was my first Quiz session, conducted on 15th September, 2017 at Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata.

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  1. 1. My first ever Quiz IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER: 1. There are 38 questions followed by a grand connect question. 2. The answers to questions 21-25 are connected. Of course you have to specify the connection. 3. Pounce rules: +10/-10 4. Happy quizzing!
  2. 2. Question #1: Charles Coventry (2010) and Saeed Anwar (1997) came close to achieving this feat. Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag and Martin Guptill have achieved this feat in recent years. Who was the first cricketer to achieve the feat I am talking about?
  3. 3. ANSWER #1: • Belinda Clark was the first cricketer to score a double hundred in ODI cricket. She achieved this feat in a match against Denmark in the ICC Women’s World Cup in Mumbai.
  4. 4. QUESTION #2: Put funda. (what are they called and why?)
  5. 5. ANSWER #2: They are called the PayPal Mafia, a term used to indicate a group of former PayPal employees and founders who have since founded and developed additional technology companies such as Tesla Motors, LinkedIn, Palantir Technologies, SpaceX, YouTube, Yelp, and Yammer.
  6. 6. QUESTION #3: For generations, service members have tucked away precious photographs through tours around the globe. Pictures end up tucked under helmets, stuffed in pockets – there’s always a method for taking along a memory from home, especially when it’s of a girl. If the service member doesn’t actually have a girl, well, there are always pin-ups, models, and other available images. During World War II, a favored method of not only taking pictures along but having them at the ready was to fasten them beneath clear plastic grips on their 1911s. What am I talking about?
  7. 7. ANSWER #3: Sweetheart grips.
  8. 8. QUESTION #4: In the eerie clip directed by Chris Hopewell and inspired by the British children’s TV series the Trumptonshire Trilogy, a man is given a tour of a picture-perfect town in which the residents do unspeakably creepy and violent things to each other. The video culminates in the man nearly being burned to death inside a massive wooden effigy. (movie reference here) In a recent interview with Billboard, the animator behind the video, Virpi Kettu, discussed the motives behind “X”. Interestingly, she believes the video was intended to be happier than the song. “They wanted the video to contrast with what they’re playing and to wake people up a bit,” Kettu explained. Kettu also said that the band wanted the video to raise awareness about Europe’s refugee crisis and the “blaming of different people… the blaming of Muslims and the negativity” currently engulfing European politics. She brought up the cryptic postcard that some Y fans recently received in the mail, which read, “We know where you live.” Aside from being downright terrifying, she opined that the band was trying to recreate the climate of fear that politicians have encouraged in response to Muslim immigrants. Name X (+3) and Y (+3). Also, give the name of the British cult classic movie the video pays homage to. (+4)
  9. 9. ANSWER #4: X: Burn the Witch Y: Radiohead Z: The Wicker Man (1973)
  10. 10. QUESTION #5: “The Y Who Fell To Earth" is the twelfth episode of season 26 of The Simpsons. X guest stars himself in this episode. When inventor X lands in Springfield, he and Homer become fast friends and revolutionize the town's nuclear power plant. But when X goes overboard and Mr. Burns wants him removed, Homer must figure out a way to break up with him. Identify X. (Y is the surname of X)
  11. 11. Answer #5: X: Elon Musk
  12. 12. QUESTION #6: X is a religion, philosophy or lifestyle and its primary objective is to promote a modern form of Chinese Taoism, outlined in Tao Te Ching by Laozi (6th century BC), blended with concepts from the Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341–270 BC) X has sometimes been regarded as a mock religion due to its use of comedic film references and occasional criticism of religion in its traditional sense. However, its founder and many adherents take the underlying philosophy seriously. March 6 is the annual sacred high holy day of X. X advocates and encourages the practice of "going with the flow", "being cool headed", and "taking it easy" in the face of life's difficulties, believing that this is the only way to live in harmony with our inner nature and the challenges of interacting with other people.
  13. 13. A picture of the X logo. What is X?
  14. 14. ANSWER #6: X: Dudeism, inspired by the “The Dude” , the protagonist of the Coen Brothers’ 1998 movie The Big Lebowski. You can actually be ordained as a Dudeist minister online for free!
  15. 15. Q7: Who is Margot Robbie parodying here?
  16. 16. ANSWER #7: That was Margot Robbie parodying Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale) from American Psycho.
  17. 17. QUESTION #8: On being asked about a certain practice, lawyer Santosh Paul, who began his practice in Bombay High Court before shifting to Delhi High Court, said, “That’s all Bollywood. I haven’t seen this happening in my lifetime.” What was he talking about?
  18. 18. ANSWER #8: The practice of having witnesses taking oath by the Gita, or any sacred text before giving evidence.
  19. 19. QUESTION #9: One strange example of X relates to a children's movie called Shazaam, supposedly made in the early 1990s and starring the stand- up comedian Sinbad as an incompetent genie. In fact, no such movie was ever made (or at least there is no verifiable evidence that it was), but many people claim to have vivid memories of watching it repeatedly during the 90s, especially Reddit users on the X subreddit. Some of these accounts may be explainable as a confused memory of Kazaam, a 1996 movie with a similar premise, starring basketball player Shaquille O'Neal as a genie. Meanwhile, some Shazaam believers favour a X explanation with alternate timelines in parallel universes, or even a simulated reality hypothesis in which the world we experience is a complex simulation created by an advanced civilization. What is the phenomenon X and why is it called so?
  20. 20. ANSWER #9: X: The Mandela effect. It was named after Nelson Mandela, whom some people erroneously believed to have died in prison in the 1980s.
  21. 21. QUESTION #10: In the next slide, two names are blacked out. Identify them. How do we know them now in the field of technology?
  22. 22. ANSWER #10: 1st name: Adam D’ Angelo (CEO and founder of Quora) 2nd name: Mark Zuckerberg(CEO and founder of Facebook)
  23. 23. QUESTION #11: On December 8, 1995, X, the editor-in-chief of French Elle magazine, suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. He awoke 20 days later, mentally aware of his surroundings, but physically paralyzed with what is known as locked-in syndrome, with the only exception of some movement in his head and eyes. His right eye had to be sewn up due to an irrigation problem. His memoir, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was written by X blinking his left eyelid, which took ten months (four hours a day). Using partner assisted scanning, a transcriber repeatedly recited a French language frequency-ordered alphabet (E, S, A, R, I, N, T, U, L, etc.), until X blinked to choose the next letter. The French edition of the book was published on March 7, 1997. It received excellent reviews, sold the first 25,000 copies on the day of publication, reaching 150,000 in a week. It went on to become a number one bestseller across Europe. Its total sales are now in the millions. In 2007, painter-director Julian Schnabel released a film version of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It starred actor Mathieu Amalric as X. Critically acclaimed, the film received many awards and nominations including the Best Director Prize at Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film & Best Director, as well as 4 Academy Award nominations. Identify X.
  24. 24. ANSWER #11: X: Jean Dominique Bauby. This is Jean Bauby “dictating” his memoir to Claudia Mendibil.
  25. 25. QUESTION #12: Sharbat Gula's parents were killed during the Soviet Union's bombing of Afghanistan when she was around six years old. Along with her grandmother, brother, and three sisters, she walked across the mountains to Pakistan and ended up in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984. She married Rahmat Gul between the age of 13 and 16, and returned to her village in Afghanistan in the mid 1990s. She is now a widow. Gula has three daughters. A fourth daughter died in infancy. She expressed hopes that her children will be able to get an education. Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish released an instrumental song "The Eyes of Sharbat Gula" in their 2015 album Endless Forms Most Beautiful. What is Sharbat Gula’s first claim to fame?
  26. 26. ANSWER #12: Sharbat Gula, also known as Sharbat Bibi is the girl in the iconic 1985 National Geographic cover.
  27. 27. QUESTION #13: The first X ever was actually invented by lazy students at Cambridge University who didn’t want to waste a trip to the nearby coffee pot if it was going to be empty when they got there. This coffee machine that was the inspiration for the world’s first X was located in a corridor just outside The Trojan Room in the old computer lab at Cambridge University. In 1991, too many trips to an empty coffee pot led Dr. Quentin Stafford-Fraser and Paul Jardetzky to invent the world’s first X to help late night studiers and programmers keep an eye on coffee levels. What is X?
  28. 28. ANSWER #13: X: Webcam. Ironically, the “webcam” actually predates the “web” by a couple of years, but as soon as the World Wide Web went up, the service was connected to the internet.
  29. 29. QUESTION #14: Iceland has just 320,000 residents, compared with more than 300 million people in the U.S.—as well as the lack of immigration and the peculiar way that surnames are constructed in the country. Your surname is not passed down through the generations as it is in most Western cultures. Instead, your surname is your mother or father’s first name, with the word “son” or “dottir” suffixed. “Bump in the app before you bump in ___,” is the totally awesome tag line for the new product, an application Íslendingabók (translated as The Book of Icelanders). created by a group of Software Engineering students at the University of Iceland named Sad Engineer Studios. What does this application do?
  30. 30. ANSWER #14: The app, also referred to as “incest prevention” app sometimes, allows users to bump their phones together and instantly find out whether or not they are related.
  31. 31. QUESTION #15: Circuit diagram for what?
  32. 32. ANSWER #15: Cricket bails LED flashers.
  33. 33. QUESTION #16: _____ __ is a black comedy that turns into a tragedy that emerged from the Second World War. Interestingly, a specific situation was named after the book. To accomplish task A, one needs object B. However the only reason one needs to complete task A is to obtain object B. This is an example of a _____ __ situation. Fill in the Blanks.
  34. 34. ANSWER #16: Catch 22
  35. 35. QUESTION #17: Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II is a 2003 Indian movie starring Arshad Warsi. Shashanka Ghosh, the creative driver behind the launch of MTV and Channel V in India, marks his debut as a director with this film. Running in many parallel threads, it is in equal parts a comedy, satire, crime, and a Hindi masala film. The film is most famous for its songs "Allah ke Bande" performed by Kailash Kher and "Sajna Aa Bhi Jaa" performed by Shibani Kashyap. The movie was named in a very specific way, similar to the way Oracle was launched in 1979, to attract attention when it first set out in the marketing world. Which strange marketing technique did these two ventures (the movie and Oracle) apply?
  36. 36. ANSWER #17: Waisa Bhi Hota Hai (Part II) does not have a Part I, similar to Oracle which was released as “version 2” in 1979.
  37. 37. QUESTION #18: • X was studying astrophysics for a PhD degree at Imperial College London when he co-authored two scientific research papers in 1972 and 1973. • In October 2007, more than 30 years after he started his research, he completed a PhD thesis in astrophysics. • When he appeared on the TV show The Sky at Night, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees said to him, “I don't know a scientist who looks as much like Isaac Newton as you do” • Most of us know X from a different field than science. • ID X
  38. 38. ANSWER #18: X: Brian May, lead guitarist of Queen.
  39. 39. QUESTION #19: The first use of the phrase has been traced back to a 1915 novel, ‘Psmith, Journalist’ written by P.G. Wodehouse. The phrase was used in the work as follows: “I fancy,” said Psmith, “that this is one of those moments when it is necessary for me to unlimber my X system. As thus. If the rent collector had been there, it is certain, I think, that Comrade Spaghetti, or whatever you said his name was, wouldn’t have been. That is to say, if the rent collector had called and found no money waiting for him, surely Comrade Spaghetti would have been out in the cold night instead of under his own roof-tree. Do you follow me, Comrade Maloney?” “That’s right,” said Billy Windsor. “Of course.” “_________, __ ____ _______, __________,” murmured Psmith. Although associated with X, this phrase was never actually said by him/her. What is the phrase and who is X?
  40. 40. ANSWER #19: X: Sherlock Holmes Phrase: Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary.
  41. 41. QUESTION #20: X, a phrase, was sent by Mitsuo Fuchida, the leader of the first wave of Japanese fighters, to his superiors on the aircraft carrier Akagi. The word Y (虎) means "tiger" in Japanese, but in this case is an abbreviated radio codeword, derived from tosugeki raigeki (突 撃雷撃), literally meaning "lightning attack," indicating to his superiors that the objective of complete surprise had been achieved. X, also the name of a film which depicts a major event in history. What is the phrase X and which event does the movie depict?
  42. 42. ANSWER #20: X: Tora! Tora! Tora! Major event: Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December, 1941.
  43. 43. REMINDER: • The following questions Q-21 to Q-25 are connected. • Each correct answer fetches +5 points. No negative marking. • Specify the connection at the end for +10 points.
  44. 44. QUESTION #21: X went to town A-riding on a pony, Stuck a feather in his cap And called it macaroni [Chorus] X keep it up, X dandy, Mind the music and the step, And with the girls be handy. Father and I went down to camp, Along with Captain Gooding, And there we saw the men and boys As thick as hasty pudding. Identify X from a very famous British-American song which also happens to be the state anthem of Connecticut.
  45. 45. QUESTION #22: Connect the following celebrities: 1. Katie Hopkins (2005), UK TV presenter. 2. Santi Cazorla (2013), football player. 3. Chris Hemsworth (2012), actor. 4. Jonty Rhodes (2015), cricket player.
  46. 46. QUESTION #23: Some prowl sea-beds, some hurtle to a star and, mother, some obsessed turn over every stone or open graves to let that starlight in. There are men who would open anything. Harvey, the circulation of the blood, and Freud, the circulation of our dreams, pried honorably and honored are like all explorers. Men who’d open men. And those others, mother, with diseases like great streets named after them: Addison, Parkinson, Hodgkin—physicians who’d arrive fast and first on any sour death-bed scene. I am their slowcoach colleague, half afraid curious. As a boy it was so: you know how my small hand never teased to pieces an alarm clock or flensed a perished mouse. And this larger hand’s the same. It stretches now out from a white sleeve to hold up, mother your _ __to the glowing screen. My eyes look but don’t want to; I still don’t want to know. Fill in the blanks, which is also the name of the poem by Dannie Abse.
  47. 47. QUESTION #24: • The song has become a classic love song with a wide range of artists covering the track. Indigo Girls covered the track in a solo rendition by Amy Ray on the duo's album Rites of Passage. • Matt Nathanson covered the song on his Live at the Point album • McCain covered the track on The Austin Sessions. • Michael Stanley covered on the song on his 2012 album The Hang. • The song was also covered by the British singer-songwriter Passenger in 2014 for the Sounds of the 80's covers album released in conjunction with the BBC Radio 2 programme of the same name. • American singer Ben Bedford often sings an acoustic version of the song in his performances The original was by Dire Straits, what is the name of the song I am talking about?
  48. 48. QUESTION #25: X is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Amend. As of December 2006, X was carried by more than 1,200 newspapers worldwide. The strip launched on April 10, 1988. In 2006, Amend announced that he would cease drawing X seven days a week and the final daily strip ran on December 30 of that year. Beginning the next day, and every week since then, X has strictly appeared on Sundays. The strip revolves around the daily lives of the Fox family, composed of parents Andrea (Andy, 42) and Roger (45), and their children, Peter (16), Paige (14), and Jason (10). It covers a wide range of subject matter, including spoofs of pop culture fads, nerd culture, and popular consumer products. X also happens to be a dance form. What is X?
  49. 49. The answers to the previous questions are connected. Identify the connection. Swap your sheets. Answers in the next slide.
  50. 50. ANSWERS: 21 – X: Yankee Doodle 22 – They have named their children India 23 – X- Ray 24 – Romeo and Juliet 25 – Foxtrot Connection: They are NATO codes for Y, I, X, R, J, F respectively.
  51. 51. QUESTION #26: These are the winners of a certain award (2004-2013). The player with the most X in one year wins the award. What exactly is X? Year Player Year End Ranking X 2004 Roger Federer 1 12 2005 Rafael Nadal 2 11 2006 Roger Federer 1 8 2007 David Ferrer 5 7 2008 Rafael Nadal 1 10 2009 Rafael Nadal 2 8 2010 Robin Soderling 5 7 2011 Novak Djokovic 1 13 2012 Novak Djokovic 1 9 2013 Novak Djokovic 2 12
  52. 52. ANSWER #26: X: Bagels. Bagel is a term denoting a situation when the set ends in a score of 6-0. In case of ties for the most number of bagels, the player with the most “breadsticks” (6-1 scores) wins the award.
  53. 53. QUESTION #27: X: 50,072,587,425 Y: 11,113,372,791.5 Z: 3,012,399,040.5 Chip Esten: 2,004,047,000 Greg Proops: 1,001,122,117 Brad Sherwood: 1,071,980.5 Denny Segal: 1,059,560 Karen Maruyama: 1,004,450 Kathy Greenwood: 59,810 Stephen Colbert: 12,000 Kathy Griffin: 5,000 Ian Gomez: 4,000 Jeff Davis: 3,300 Josie Lawrence: 3000 Whoopi Goldberg: 2,500 Patrick Bristow: 1,000 Robin Williams: 1,000 Kathy Kinney: 50 Put funda. Points for X, Y and Z don’t matter.
  54. 54. ANSWER #27: Points accumulated on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” X: Wayne Brady Y: Ryan Stiles Z: Colin Mochrie
  55. 55. QUESTION #29: • X studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. During that time, he studied practical botany at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. • X played football as a goalkeeper for Portsmouth Association Football Club, an amateur side, under the pseudonym A. C. Smith. •X also played 10 first class cricket matches for the Marylebone Cricket Club. Identify X.
  56. 56. ANSWER #29: X: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  57. 57. QUESTION #30: On April 13, 1996, the band X was the musical guest, and was scheduled to perform two songs. The show was hosted that night by ex-Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Y. According to X guitarist Tom Morello, “X wanted to stand in sharp juxtaposition to a billionaire telling jokes and promoting his flat tax by making our own statement.” To this end, the band hung two upside-down American flags from their amplifiers. Seconds before they took the stage to perform "Bulls on Parade", SNL and NBC sent stagehands in to pull the flags down. Following the removal of the flags during the first performance, the band was approached by SNL and NBC officials and ordered to immediately leave the building. Name of the band X (+5) and Y (+5)
  58. 58. ANSWER #30: X: Rage against the Machine Y: Steve Forbes
  59. 59. QUESTION #31: Cast and crew of which TV Show recreating what?
  60. 60. ANSWER #31: That was the cast and crew of Battlestar Galactica recreating The Last Supper.
  61. 61. QUESTION #32: Y began the service X in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000, and now covers 70 countries. X has had an impact on pop culture, inspiring a song and a documentary. An unidentified serial killer, who killed about 10-17 people associated with prostitution over a period of 20 years was called the X ripper as he met them through X. What is X?
  62. 62. ANSWER #32 X : Craigslist
  63. 63. QUESTION #33: The statistical representation of Six Sigma describes quantitatively how a process is performing. To achieve Six Sigma, a process must not produce more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities. Companies like Amazon and FedEx strive to achieve that kind of accuracy through advanced technology. Not so in the case of the X. To satisfy their customers, they use a complex system of collection teams, sorting points and delivery zones, and a completely manual system for routing the right item to the right destination. This labeling system must rely purely on numbers and colors, painted on the ___ – because most of the Xs are illiterate and cannot read. Despite challenges like this, the organization has been recognized and celebrated for their amazing order accuracy…estimated at roughly 1 error in every 16 million transactions. They have been granted ISO9000 status and they have been recognized by Forbes as being a Six Sigma organization. And there are clearly lessons here that can be applied in any organization. Which is why Harvard Business School made the X the subject of a case study in 2010, why business leaders from around the world have visited them, and why their leader was invited to address a TEDx conference in 2011. Identify X
  64. 64. Answer #33: X: Dabbawalla organization in Bombay.
  65. 65. QUESTION #34: Perhaps the most comical contributing factor to Leifer’s historic snap was he was only in position to take it because a senior photographer had shunted him to that area. Mondy revealed Sports Illustrated’s Herb Scharfman pulled rank on Leifer — who at the time was just 22 — to claim a spot by the judges’ table that he felt gave him more room to manoeuvre during the match. But when the “moment” took place, senior photographer Herb Scharfman was left staring at X’s back while Neil Leifer took one of the most iconic photograph in sports history. Which photograph am I talking about?
  66. 66. ANSWER #34: Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston fight. You can see Herb Scharfman between Ali’s legs.
  67. 67. QUESTION #35: As the story goes, X was walking along the road with two friends, the sun was setting and suddenly the sky turned blood red. X paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence and there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city, his friends walked on, and he stood there trembling with anxiety sensing an infinite Y passing through nature. This inspired X to create something which we know as Y. Who is X and what is Y?
  68. 68. ANSWER #35: X: Edward Munch Y: The Scream
  69. 69. QUESTION #36: Who is being blanked out? Hint is in the picture, look closely.
  70. 70. ANSWER #36: Jane Austen
  71. 71. QUESTION #37: “So here’s to my sweet Satan, The one who’s little path would make me sad. Whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. There was a little toolshed, where he made us suffer sad Satan.” This is the message you can hear when a certain part of a iconic 70s rock song is played backwards. You have to hear really closely. Which song?
  72. 72. ANSWER #37: Stairway to Heaven. Robert Plant said that this was just a coincidence, though.
  73. 73. QUESTION #38: Les Horribles X-ettes ("The Horrible X Girls") was an all-female parody pop group, self-labelled "the one and only High Energy Rock Band", founded by employees of X which performed at X and other HEP-related events. Their musical style is often described as doo-wop. Their humorous songs are freely available on their website. The band is also known for a photograph of themselves which became a first of sorts. What is the “first of sorts” and what is X?
  74. 74. ANSWER #38: X: CERN The photograph of themselves was the first photo on the World Wide Web.
  75. 75. CONNECT THE PEOPLE: The following people share something very obviously common but I don’t want that as an answer. Something interesting in a different field altogether connects them. 1. +90/-90 2. +80/-80 3. +70/-70 4. +60/-60 5. +50/-50 6. +40/-40 7. +30/-30 8. +20/-20 9. +10/-10
  76. 76. ANSWER #38: All of the celebrities died of the “Ramsey curse.”
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